Following the success of the 2019 season, the Charger softball team was hoping to win another state championship this spring. Unfortunately, due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, the season was cut short. The team had many exciting changes to look forward to this year, including Joe Dee Tarbutton’s first year as head coach. Tarbutton said he looked forward to a state championship with the team this year. He was also looking forward to “coaching a very talented team with Coach Oliver and Coach Eck.”
With school being transitioned to completely online due to the current stay at home order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHS coaching staff and players took time to reflect on the season that could have been. With the 2020 season, the baseball team had some changes to the coaching staff. David Amer and Colby Harris joined the team as assistant coaches. “I was really enjoying getting back into the baseball groove and working with all of the guys,” Amer said. “It sucks we don't get to enjoy baseball this spring, but if it helps keep family members alive, it's what we need to do.”
On March 17, Governor Kelly made the decision to close all Kansas school facilities for the remainder of the year, ending the 2020 track season before it ever began. Track had high hopes for this season, with several returning state qualifiers and medalists, and upperclassmen who “set the tone for what was expected,” according to head coach Roger Alderman.
Senior Autymn Schriener signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play softball at Washburn University. Being a multi-sport athlete, Schriener had plenty of college options. She also excelled at tennis, basketball and volleyball during her time at WHS. She said softball was the obvious choice for her. “Ever since I was 10 and went to the Softball College World Series to watch, I told myself that I would be one of them one day. Softball has also always been my favorite sport so I couldn’t imagine doing anything else at the next level,” Schriener said.
Numerous Chargers earned postseason honors for spring sports. Highlights include a state championship in the triple jump for freshman Lauren Schutter, only the second individual girls title in school history.
The Charger baseball season ended Monday night after a tough 11-8 loss to Mission Valley in the regional semi-final. Chargers played Lebo-Waverly first round of regionals at Wabaunsee. Winning 4-3, the team advanced on to the semi-final game against Mission Valley.
Tuesday May 14 marked the end of the season for the Charger softball team. After beating the Rossville Dawgs 10-9 in the first round of regionals, the Chargers took a hard loss against the Oskaloosa Bears, 7-10, in the semi-final round. “It didn’t seem like we were as fired up as we were last year, it was kind of a weird year,” head coach Brian Henry said.
Junior Jackson Frank pitches during a varsity baseball game last season. The team returns an experienced roster from last season. "We really need to improve our focus during games and practice," Frank said. The Chargers opened the season Tuesday against Chase County. Baseball opens its season 4:30 tonight against Chase County If a few plays... Continue Reading →
Softball opens its season at 4:30 tonight against Chase County After winning a state championship last season, softball hopes to reload for a return to state this spring. Coach Brian Henry has high expectations for the team. “It really depends on how they come together as a team,” Henry said. Losing only two players from... Continue Reading →